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Sign-on Statement: Support Condoms at the Commission on the Status of Women

Join us in raising the visibility of female and male condoms at the CSW!

Sign on to the civil society organization statement.

During the first two weeks of March, government delegates, U.N. officials, and civil society advocates will be in New York City for the 54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). At this meeting governments across the world will recommit to the Beijing Platform for Action put forth at the 1995 World Conference on Women, which called for advancing women's human rights, sexual and reproductive health, and gender equality.

Fifteen years after Beijing, women continue to be acutely affected by HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancy, and maternal mortality. Today we only have two dual protection methods available that prevent HIV/STIs and unintended pregnancy: female and male condoms. Female condoms are of vital importance in that they offer women a tool to initiate protection and to negotiate condom use. However, female and male condoms remain inaccessible to many women and individuals who wish to use them, despite their importance in achieving women's health and rights.

World leaders need to know how urgently women and men need access to these critical prevention methods. The Center for Health and Gender Equity's Prevention Now! Campaign, in conjunction with the Comprehensive Condom Programming (CCP) Civil Society Advocacy Working Group, will circulate a civil society statement on the importance of female and male condoms among government officials and NGO representatives at the CSW. The statement is copied below and can be found here: www.genderhealth.org/pubs/civil_society_condoms_statement_signon.pdf

Endorse the Statement
To have your organization combine its voice with others on the statement, please complete a quick form by clicking here or visiting: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1350/t/3048/signUp.jsp?key=4830 . The statement is open to any interested non-governmental (NGOs) and/or community-based organizations (CBOs) worldwide.

Thank you for supporting increased access to female and male condoms worldwide. Please do not hesitate to contact me ( kwhipkey@genderhealth.org ) if you have any questions, concerns, or trouble with the sign-on webpage.

In solidarity,

Kim

Kimberly Whipkey
Senior Associate for Advocacy and Outreach
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
1317 F Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20004 - USA
office: +1.202.393.5930 x 13
kwhipkey@genderhealth.org

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The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) is a US-based non-governmental organization focused on the effects of US international policies on the health and rights of women, girls and other vulnerable populations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) 6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 910, Takoma Park, MD 20912 USA tel: 301-270-1182 fax: 301-270-2052 www.genderhealth.org    www.pepfarwatch.org    www.preventionnow.net


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